Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsBeing housebound in the winter months naturally compels homeowners to take note of their surroundings and start to wonder: Is this the best there is? Can we do something to improve the looks of this place?If you find yourself stuck indoors this time of year, you’re not alone. But if you think you can’t do some timely projects without breaking the bank or running out of precious time to make a difference, you’re wrong. You can do a lot if you take a minute to plan ahead.So, if you need inspiration, just check out the ideas on display at your Alure Home Improvements center.Here are some ideas for you to consider that run the gamut: First, check out your kitchen. You’re probably spending a lot of time there happily over a hot stove, especially if it’s freezing outside. But the recipes we’re talking about here involve doing something for your eyes and your mind, not your taste buds, although good design is a matter of good taste. Thinking big, you might want to contemplate redoing your kitchen. That kind of remodeling project can run from $19,000 on the low-end to more than $100,000 if you’re going top of the line and over the top.Now you don’t have to consider either extreme if you just want to make some small aesthetic changes that add up to a big difference. To fit your budget, you might just want to replace your drawer or door handles and pulls with matching new ones. Then you might want to repaint your ceiling and walls, because those projects are easy on your piggy bank. Next, see about updating your kitchen lights, especially the ones over your kitchen table, the counters and the stove. Try new cover plates over the electrical outlets, too. Little things can move mountains.If your budget allows, consider installing a new backsplash for the walls behind the counters and the stove. Ceramic tiles are great for wiping up grease that splatters from cooking. There’s also glazed porcelain tiles and stone mosaics, if you’re so inclined. They can get pricey, so be forewarned. Next up, maybe it’s time to replace the kitchen sink, or at least the plumbing underneath the sink. Now is the time to fix any leaks and get rid of those rusty old drain pipes. Maybe there’s been some mold under the sink that you never knew was there because all that junk was in the way. Get under there and clean it all out on a Saturday afternoon. You’ll be glad you did!But without a new coat of paint to accompany a new sink, you might not make the big splash you’re anticipating. You may have to think like an interior decorator to get the full effect you’re after. Bring your paint samples home before you dip your brush into an open can of paint. You don’t want to be stuck with the wrong color.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsSometimes you can change the look of your room just by changing the lighting. And colors change indoors whether the sun is shining or it’s nighttime. Also, the wrong paint color may cast undertones on the surfaces of a room, and that could make your white cabinets seem gray or even shades of green. Experts say that lighter surfaces reflect undertones more readily. So go to the paint store and come back with handfuls of color cards. Then just remember that the time of day matters how the color will play out. The same principle applies to your bedrooms and living rooms, too.Anything you do to banish those winter grays will make you feel better!And if you need guidance, don’t forget that your friends at Alure Home Improvements are ready to help!
December 18, 2020
It’s generally assumed that greater wealth leads happiness. In fact, several studies have tried to pinpoint the magic income level for happiness, including the oft-cited Princeton University study published in 2010 that found that happiness rises as income rises up until you hit $75,000 a year — at which point happiness doesn’t improve as you earn more.But instead of wealth leading to increased happiness, the opposite might be true: Happiness leads to greater wealth, and several recent studies support this idea.For example, a research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America found that adolescents and young adults who report higher life satisfaction earn significantly higher levels of income later in life.So, do you want to boost your happiness in order to perform better at work and increase your personal wealth? If so, you need to get a better idea of why happy people are able to earn more money — here are six reasons: continue reading » 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
November 18, 2020
Jun 7 CIDRAP News story, “States to shift some biodefense funds from states to cities” Sep 4, 2003, CIDRAP News story, “HHS releases $1.4 billion to states for public health preparedness” The HHS announcement said the department has invested more than $3.7 billion in strengthening the nation’s public health system since Sep 11, 2001. States and cities must file applications with updated preparedness plans before they can receive any of the money, according to Roebuck. He said the CDC was sending out guidance on how to apply for the funds today, and applications are due Aug 1. The grants are intended to improve preparedness for bioterrorist attacks, infectious diseases, and natural disasters, the HHS statement said. The funds are administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding shift involved taking about $1.1 million from the $5 million base grant earmarked for each state, according to a letter that HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson wrote to congressional leaders in May. All states receive equal base grants, plus an additional sum based on population. HHS previously (in late May) announced $498 million in 2004 grants to the states for hospital preparedness for bioterrorism and other events that could cause mass casualties. Those funds are distributed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Thompson’s letter to congress said funds for the three new programs would include about $39 million for the Cities Readiness Initiative (about $12 million of which would go to the US Postal Service), $11.9 million for BioSense, and $4 million for quarantine stations. Jun 17, 2004 (CIDRAP News) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today it will award a total of $849 million to states, territories, and four major cities in this year’s package of public health preparedness grants. See also: The announced total confirms a recent HHS decision to take about $55 million that Congress had earmarked for ongoing state preparedness programs and shift it to three new programs, CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News. As announced today, the fiscal year 2004 grants to states range from $4.9 million for Wyoming to $59.3 million for California. Separate grants were announced for Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Washington, DC. As previously outlined by HHS, the three programs include the Cities Readiness Initiative, a plan to help 21 large cities quickly distribute medicine and supplies in a public health emergency; BioSense, an automated system for detecting bioterrorist attacks and disease outbreaks by monitoring health data; and a plan to add more quarantine stations at international airports. The HHS statement said the money can be used “for improving communication and coordination between hospitals and local and state health departments, and their laboratories, while bolstering epidemiology and disease surveillance in state and local areas by increasing the number of people trained in emergency response.” CDC Director Julie L. Gerberding said, “We’re better prepared to respond to public health emergencies than ever before. We have more work to do, but these funds will go a long way to further ensure states and local governments are prepared to respond to public health emergencies.” Jun 17 HHS announcement of fiscal year 2004 preparedness fundinghttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040617.html A comparison of this year’s grants with those announced in 2003 shows that all but eight states are receiving less money this year than last year. The exceptions are California, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia. Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, are also due for increases. New York City will get the largest increase, almost $5 million. HHS announcement of public health preparedness grants in September 2003http://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20030902.html
October 20, 2020
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCan see why FBI, media aren’t trustedIt is not often that Madame et moi go to the movies. However, when one of our favorite directors, Clint Eastwood, makes a film, we try to see it.We do not see Eastwood’s films just because he is conservative. We see his films because Hollywood is not. That being said, Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ is one of his best. Jewell was the soft-spoken slightly handicapped security guard working the Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996.A somewhat zealous but sincere Jewell discovers a bomb and tries to warn Olympic-goers to move away from danger. But an explosion maims and kills hundreds before he is completely successful.A female newspaper reporter and an FBI agent conspire and immediately point to Jewell as the perpetrator of the terrorist act. The American media fans the flames of guilt, and an innocent American is swamped (interesting turn of a word) by unnecessary attention.After viewing the film, it was difficult for me to think of the FBI as anything but a biased, intolerant mob protecting its own derrière. My opinion of the media is worse. However, there does seem to be a similar case of foot-in-mouth disease working its way through Washington, D.C., these days. I am beginning to understand why people are referring to these two organizations (the FBI and the media) as part of the Deep State. Oops, I left out Congress. My bad.Allen R. RemaleyScottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs Prevent cancer with screening, shotsIf you could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you? You can. In fact, there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer: vaccination and screening.Most cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).Being vaccinated against HPV could prevent most cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14, and young adults through age 26.This vaccine provides protection to girls from cervical cancer later in life, and protection to both boys and girls from several other cancers.The second way to prevent cervical cancer is by getting screened.Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that lead to cancer before it starts. These cells can then be removed. Screening also helps to find cancer early when it may be most easily treated.Screening should begin at age 21 and is covered under most health plans, including Medicaid plans and plans participating in the New York State of Health.No insurance? No problem.The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties can help eligible, uninsured women age 40 and older get cervical cancer screening.The program, which is supported with funds from New York State, also provides free breast and colon cancer screening to eligible New York State residents. Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.Talk to your health care provider about cervical cancer screening or you can reach the CSP in Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties by calling 518-841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
October 1, 2020
Australia: SRANSW opened the 1·6 km Cumberland line between Harris Park and Merrylands on November 2. The ’Y-Link’ curve west of Granville cost A$80m, and carries CityRail trains from Campbelltown to Parramatta and Blacktown.Queensland Rail and Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express Ltd have set up a joint venture to run a luxury tourist train between Brisbane and Cairns from mid-1998. Rolling stock for The Great South Pacific Express is being produced by QR’s Townsville workshops at cost of A$35m. Trackfast, the parcels and small consignment business of New South Wales’ Freight Corp, has ceased trading.Estonia: The national Privatisation Agency has included Estonian Railways in a list of companies due to be privatised within the next few years.Europe: NDX Intermodal was due in January to begin operating its first intermodal shuttle on the Rotterdam – München route, with Hamburg – Milano to follow shortly after. Formed by DB, NS Cargo and CSX, NDX expects to run at a profit from 2000 on 40 routes.Intrans Zilina AS of Slovakia has launched a weekly intermodal service between Cierna nad Tisou and Moscow via Ukraine. France: SNCF is to provide a station on the Tours – Bordeaux main line to serve the Futuroscope technology theme park.On December 5 SNCF officially inaugurated a secure digital radio network serving its Ile-de-France commuter routes; the Matra-supplied IRIS system functions in tunnels and cannot be ’scanned’.Georgia: Georgian and Azerbaijani Railways have begun operating a container service between the Black Sea port of Poti and Baku.Germany: On January 1 DB handed over its traction power supply activities to a subsidiary, DBEnergieversorgung GmbH.Great Britain: Piggyback is to be included within the 44 tonne gross weight derogation for lorries that has applied to other forms of intermodal transport using rail since 1994; the general limit for lorries is 38 tonnes.Railtrack has quoted £308m for converting a route from the Channel Tunnel to Scotland to the higher loading gauge proposed by the Piggyback Consortium; previous estimates were under £100m. Minister for Railways & Roads John Watts announced on December 4 the award of a £437238 grant to RJB Mining for rail facilities in Derbyshire. English Welsh & Scottish Railway was awarded a track access grant to keep sand traffic between Marks Tey and Hayes on rail. British Railways Board has sold its Scientifics Ltd subsidiary to Atesta Group, and has offered overseas travel service BR International Ltd for sale.On November 24 Railtrack energised the overhead line between Paddington and West Ealing. The 25 kV AC electrification is part of the Heathrow Express project.Netherlands: NS has completed a three-year modernisation programme at Leideschendam workshops at a cost of 40m guilders.As part of the Euroécran project undertaken by SNCF, NS and FS with support from the European Commission, 20 different designs of noise barrier for high-speed lines are being assessed at Loenersloot. Tests to find a barrier that will cut noise by 4 to 6dB for 70 to 80% of the cost of existing designs involve simulating a TGV passing at 300 km/h.Sweden: On November 30 SJ abandoned its rolling motorway lorry piggyback service which ran between Str
September 28, 2020
The City of Ulsan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four domestic and foreign partnerships and investors to build and maintain floating wind farms, as well as to create a local supply chain in South Korea.The four developers include a partnership between Royal Dutch Shell and CoensHexicon, which is a joint venture between Sweden’s floating multi-turbine platform designer Hexicon AB and Coens, a South Korean integrated services provider.The second partnership is between South Korea’s energy company SK E&S and Denmark’s Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) is the third entity, and Korea Floating Wind (KFWind) is the fourth. KFWind is reportedly cooperating with the floating foundations developer Principle Power on the project.A 750kW pilot unit is expected to be installed in June 2019 and run for six months.Later on, a 1GW floating wind farm would be built around an out-of-commission gas platform. The City of Ulsan has not provided the timeline for the development of the 1GW wind farm.South Korea’s Renewable Energy 3020 Implementation Plan calls for the development of 12GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.
September 26, 2020
Share Share NewsRegional Haiti’s new president commended for education initiative by: – June 15, 2011 Sharing is caring! 11 Views no discussions PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has welcomed the $360 million fund launched by Haiti’s new president to ensure the most disadvantaged children in the country can go to school.The National Fund for Education (FNE), announced two weeks ago by President Michel Martelly is the biggest fund of its kind ever envisaged for out-of-school children in the impoverished Caribbean nation.Haiti’s education system was devastated by the earthquake in January 2010, according to UNESCO, which adds that even before the disaster only one in five children had access to a public school. A large segment of the population was deprived of education because parents lacked the financial resources to pay the registration fee.“Haiti needs sustainable investments in education to give Haitians the means to rebuild their country,” UNESCO director general Irina Bokova said, commending Martelly on his initiative.The fund is a multi-sectoral consortium that groups the Haitian government, the private sector, international financial institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It is chiefly composed of a five-cent deduction on incoming international phone calls and $1.50 on international money transfers.The resources identified so far should allow around 350,000 children to go to school in the first year, according to UNESCO, and a total of 1.9 million children are expected to benefit overall.“This fund is a clear example of innovative financing to reach the Education for All goals, involving the State, private companies, NGOs and the international community,” said Bokova.The Education for All goals were agreed to by more than 160 countries at the World Education Forum in 2000 in Dakar, Senegal, with the aim of achieving 100 per cent child enrolment in primary schools by 2015.Caribbean News Now Tweet Share
September 24, 2020
Read Also: Willian to agree new Chelsea deal this week The markets will focus on which clubs are possible destinations for the Madrid stars, who are set to be in high demand and generate a great level of interest. Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz are among the others who Madrid are said to be hopeful of offers for, as they have had only peripheral roles at the club under Zidane. Madrid have already confirmed the sales of Achraf Hakimi (€40m to Inter) and Javi Sanchez (Real Valladolid, €3m). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Hertha BSC and Monaco – coached by former Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac – are said to be leading the race for out-of-favour Madrid striker Jovic, who looks set to leave the Spanish capital just one year after his arrival. Since the clubs have only recently started showing interest in Jovic, there are no set betting odds for this happening yet. We will have to wait for the table to update with probable odds for a transfer to Germany to take place. Oscar Rodriguez is returning to Madrid this summer following two seasons on loan at Leganes and reports suggest he will move to Villarreal in a deal worth €20m, although Milan are also said to be keen on his signature. There is interest in central defender Jesus Vallejo, who is said to have suitors in Germany while Granada are also interested in the player, valued at €15m. With the domestic La Liga season now completed, focus is now turning to the transfer market both for news and in the betting markets, with sign up Bonus Comparison likely to be of particular interest in this regard. Real Madrid are set to raise €180m in a quickfire player sale this summer with Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Ceballos and Luka Jovic among the priority exits. The details are outlined by Marca who described the situation as ‘Operation Exit’ at Los Blancos, who are hopeful of raising funds in players who are no longer in the plans of boss Zinedine Zidane. There has been widespread speculation in Real Madrid transfer news that Madrid will be focusing this transfer window on selling players rather than adding to their squad. Zidane Bale, 31, has only scored two goals in La Liga this season and none since the 2-2 draw at Villarreal in early September, finding himself a fringe figure this campaign. The Welshman has been a peripheral figure at Los Blancos this season and had been an unused substitute for five successive games before being left out of the matchday squad entirely in the final game against Leganes on Sunday. Indeed, Bale has been in the headlines for his actions as a substitute recently – appearing to be sleeping during the win over Alaves while mimicking to be using binoculars from the stands in this week’s triumph over Granada. Maybe that’s the reason why, when viewing his transfer odds, Paddy Power are granting him the not so honourable yet promising odds of 2/1 to not sign or agree to a contract with any other club after this transfer. A shame for Bale but perhaps an opportunity for hopeful punters looking for interesting bets. Ceballos has recently claimed he wants to join Arsenal in a permanent deal this summer and the latest report claims Madrid plan to raise between €30m-35m for his sale. Online bookmakers have also suggested increasing odds for Ceballos’s transfer to Juventus, however the marked price of €40m is probably the reason why the odds for this possible transfer have dramatically gone down. James is said have multiple suitors but Portuguese club Benfica have emerged as candidates for his signature with agent Jorge Mendes set to play a huge role in finding his next club. He does have possible odds set up already for a transfer to a club in the UK, although these odds are not very high. A few possibilities grant him odds of 9/1 to sign up to Arsenal or Wolves, and 11/1 odds to sign up to Everton this next season. We wouldn’t hold our breath with any of these bets. Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made
September 22, 2020
RelatedPosts Crystal Palace boss relishes Eberechi Eze capture Crystal Palace insist on £20m Eberechi Eze Eberechi Eze dreams Arsenal move Ebere Eze has been named as QPR’s Sportito Supporters’ Player of the Year for the 2019/20 season.The accolade is one of three awards that Eze has won as part of the end-of-season vote, with the 22-year-old also scooping the Ray Jones Players’ Player of the Year and the Junior Hoops Player of the Year awards for 2019/20. Eze has been in sparkling form this season, scoring 13 goals and claiming eight assists in his 45 Championship appearances.Earlier this term, he also earned international recognition by being called up to the England U21 squad for the first time.In the supporters’ vote, Bright Osayi-Samuel – who has won two awards of his own – finished second and Ryan Manning third.Osayi-Samuel has won 2019/20’s Kiyan Prince Goal of the Season for his stunning solo strike against Birmingham City in December, while he has also retained his Daphne Biggs Supporters’ Young Player of the Year award, having also won it in 2018/19.Osayi-Samuel has made 36 Championship appearances this season, scoring five goals and claiming eight assists. Tags: Ebere EzeJunior Hoops Player of the YearQueen’s Park RangersRay Jones
September 21, 2020
Mousa Dembele admits Tottenham will put their top-four chances in jeopardy if they throw away more points against supposedly inferior opposition. The arrival of seven summer signings had led to a swell of optimism among the Tottenham support, but the bubble burst on Sunday afternoon when West Ham crushed their London rivals 3-0 at White Hart Lane. On paper, the contest looked a mis-match. Spurs had almost £100million worth of new talent at their disposal while the only two new signings West Ham could call on were free transfer Razvan Rat and £5million man Stewart Downing. Press Association Unlike in their previous two Barclays Premier League home matches against Chelsea and Norwich, Tottenham failed to stamp their authority on the game in the first half. West Ham made it hard for the hosts to have possession and Spurs’ only real threat came from Andros Townsend on the wing. Andre Villas-Boas’ men now lie in seventh position and they have a tricky game at Aston Villa following the international break. Dembele revealed that the Tottenham manager was unhappy with his team’s efforts against the Hammers. “He was very disappointed,” Dembele said. “I thought we looked much better in the first half than the second. “In the second we looked very tired and (there was) not too much passion. “These kind of games you have to win if you want to have a good season so it’s a shame.” One crumb of comfort for Villas-Boas is that he expects Etienne Capoue, Aaron Lennon, Danny Rose and Emmanuel Adebayor to have overcome their respective injuries by the time Spurs play Villa on October 20. Spurs threw away points at home against West Brom, Norwich, Wigan, Stoke and Fulham last season, but they had no trouble beating weaker opposition this term until Sunday. Dembele believes any more slip-ups like the one against the Hammers could prove costly. “If we want to be there with the top four we need to win these games,” the Spurs midfielder said. “You see the top teams, if they want to be champions, they have to win these small games and you can see it’s the difference with the guys who become champions, they win these small games.” With so many talented new players in their team, Spurs will have to psychologically adjust to the fact that they will be favourites in most of the games this season, Dembele feels. “It’s easier to play against the top teams for the motivation but if we want to be a top team we need to be concentrated for these kind of games,” the Belgian said. “It’s a mental thing. We have to talk with the team and we need to concentrate each other. It’s normal. We have a lot of players and you can change very quickly the team, so everyone needs to know it’s a difficult season.” The victory was West Ham’s first away win against Spurs in 14 years, and their biggest at the north London club’s ground since 1994.